Overall Score: 5.5/10
Founder: Michael Cheney
Price: $19.95 (at first)
Hey there readers! I’m back with a new review on a ‘get-rich-quick’ product. We all know how this will end up!
What is the Commission Machine?
The Commission Machine is a video course that basically teaches you how to write super effective email campaigns to promote affiliate products and services. What makes it so special is that it promises to get you ‘hundreds of dollars’ a day, instantly.
That’s the gist of it, at least. But as you’ve come to expect, there’s a lot more to these kinds of products.
The author, Michael Cheney, is a classic guru type. You know, those guys that make these too-good-to-be-true, “done for you” products.
As you’ll see below. The CM is just another fish hook, used to reel you in to more expensive promotions.
A Quick Overview
The Commission Machine is course of eight ‘training modules’ that, when combined, are a crash course in internet marketing:
Module 1: Getting Started
Module 2: Research
Module 3: Angle
Module 4: Incentives
Module 5: Messages
Module 6: Deploy
Module 7: No List Method
Module 8: Ninja Tactics
There is one other, 9th video though, but that’s for later. Let’s get to the good part of this course.
What’s the Good News, Bub?
OK, despite my putting it down earlier, the Commission Machine actually contains useful information on email marketing.
The videos are well narrated. I enjoyed watching them. Cheney is a good talker. He comes across as sincere, intentionally or not. He is definitely an expert in his field.
Anyway, the videos are very informative. Like it or not, email marketing is an annoying yet lucrative industry, and the modules reveal how to write emails that lead to sales.
You probably have received emails that start out as funny stories but then lead into offers. That’s what the Commission Machine is all about.
No joke, the videos have worth. You learn how to write emails designed for selling products. And as Cheney showed me in the video, his emails work. For him, at the very least.
Oh, and Cheney gives you affiliate links to allow you to promote his products for a commission. I liked that gesture. I don’t know if that’s common or not, but you could make money off the product.
Finally, there is a money back guarantee, but its supposedly difficult to activate.
OK, What’s the Bad News, Mate?
As you might have guessed, I didn’t like my Commission Machine experience. There are many good reasons for this. where do I start?
The Shameless Up-Sells
I know where. Immediately after buying the course, you are taken to an up-sell page! In case you didn’t know, up-sells are more expensive offers made after you buy a cheap product.
So, after spending 20 greenbacks, you are expected to buy a ‘Golden Ticket,’ which is another $200 program that promises the same thing: instant commissions.
When you turn that offer down, you’re taken to another sales page, this time a ‘Done for You’ service costing $100. This promises to make you thousands of dollars just by copy-pasting promotions!
What next? Here’s a blast from past. And by past, I mean the beginning of this post. . Remember that ninth video I told you about? Well, it’s a 40 minute ad for a $1,500 affiliate marketing program called ‘iPro.’
Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. Cheney starts the first half of the video with Facebook marketing tips, but then does a complete 180 and pushes this bogus program on you. It’s not even his! But you know what is his? The $1,000 (or so) commission he gets when you buy it. Pretty shady, huh?
Know what’s really sad? If I was a little richer, I would have bought at least one of these up-sells. What can I say? I was a gullible novice who still believed in these schemes. That’s why I’m writing this, to make sure you guys don’t make the same mistake I nearly did.
Very Unclear to Rookies
The Commission Machine promotes itself as a way to make “$1000 commissions even if you’re a newbie.” Sounds great if you’re desperate to get rich. That tagline influenced my decision to buy it.
So you’re going in, expecting to be in the Caribbean the next week, ’cause of all the money you’ll make. Then reality crashes down like a meteor. Here’s are 2 essentials you need to make money from affiliate marketing:
- A Website: This isn’t even mentioned during the course. If it was, I can’t remember it. A website is the cornerstone of online business! How are ‘newbies’ supposed to succeed without one?
- Autoresponder: If you don’t know what this is, good luck learning it from Cheney. Autoresponders are what you use to send email campaigns. They’re very intricate, but the course assumes you know how to use one.
Of course, there’s a lot more to know about affiliate marketing (check here for details), but these are the main 2. Not that you would know just from watching the videos.
If the program doesn’t teach you how to make a website, is it really for newbies? Remember, you NEED a website. (I show you how to make one here.)
One more thing, module 7 does have a no-list method, which supposedly works without an email list (and thus a website). But guess what? The method is just a few Facebook tips, which you need many likes to actually use.
Although I said the videos were useful, that’s only if you know exactly what you’re doing. Which, you probably don’t, considering you bought the course in the first place.
(No, I’m not ribbing anyone. It’s the truth. The novices are more likely to buy this. I myself fit that description, and bought it.)
These aren’t walkthroughs. They’re general guides, emphasis on general. I came in not knowing a thing about email/affiliate marketing, and I came out confused and disillusioned.
Closing Thoughts and Verdict
Before I close out, I wanna warn you: you might see exceedingly positive reviews of the Commission machines elsewhere. That would be OK, because this review is simply my opinion. But take note of the fact that they might be promoting their affiliate links to the program.
As a standalone product, the Commission Machine is worth $19.95. Apparently it used to be around $40, so it’s a better buy now.
But it’s not really a standalone product is it? No, the Commission Machine is the start of a sophisticated series of up-sells. Sure, $20 bucks is affordable, but after the up-sells of $197, $97, and $1,500(!), your wallet is gonna start to ache.
The only way this program will benefit you is if you’re already set up for email marketing. It gives good tips to improve your results.
If you have no online presence just forget it.
Now you have 2 choices:
You’re free to go search for another ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme from another guru. Be my guest. Just know that you will never find success, only the horrible feeling of being parted with your money. I’ve been there and it is not pretty.
Or, you can start an online business from scratch and work your way up. There is a way to do that. Yes, even if you’re a newbie. For real this time.
Find out how I built my website (and everything else) here. I detail it very thoroughly, and it’s totally free to start!
What did you think of the Commission Machine? Do you have any history with it? Leave a comment below!